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Gloucestershire's first LGBTQ+ choir on song tonight!

Voices Gloucester is proud to present...An evening with Gloucestershire's first LGBTQ+ choir Queer Voices.

An evening of rousing, tranquil and uplifting harmony will bring together the old, new and diverse experiences of the LGBTQ+ community in Gloucestershire in a 'sung exhibition' performed and shared by Gloucestershire's first LGBTQ+ choir Queer Voices Gloucestershire at St Mary De Crypt Church tonight (Wednesday, November 16) from 7pm.

The Gloucester-based rainbow group will showcase songs from the LGBTQ+ and civil rights movements, traditional folk and contemporary genres.

There will be the first performance of director Zora McDonald's composition commissioned especially for the event - I Can Be Me - with lyrics taken from dialogue collected from Queer Voices Gloucestershire's members about their lived experience of the city, their community and singing with the choir.

There will also be a photo exhibition and solo performances by members of the local LGTBQ+ community.

The evening will be hosted by Emma Clowsley, writer, performance poet, radio co-presenter, sometime improv'er, and now MC.

She is the manager of comedy and spoken word group Spit the Ink who had two sell-out fringe shows under their belt, and organiser and co-host of Spoken word event Diversion @ThePoetryHouse, in Ledbury.

The evening is programmed during Transgender Awareness Week and is the choir's contribution to events all over the world.

The first part of the evening will showcase performances from choir members and local LGBTQ+ community, including Daisy Bell, winner of Gloucestershire's Drag Wars 2017.

There will be an operatic memorial piece sung by Hawys Jones in remembrance of those who have lost their lives due to transphobia.

Choir members Charlotte Triquorish, Suzzane Pickering and Dave Morgan will also be exhibiting their individual artistry alongside a series of photographic choir pieces by Sharif Mahmoud and Myrn Fisher

Zora McDonald, founder and director of Queer Voices Gloucester, said: "We would like to thank all the contributors of artistic works, St Mary De Crypt Church for having us, and the support received from Voices Gloucester - in particular Jacqui Grange - in putting on this concert.

'We cannot wait to share and connect our hearts and souls in support of transgender rights, in the best way we know how: singing together!"

The evening is free, although booking is essential (and seats are going fast). To book visit https://voicesgloucester.org.uk/events/queer-city-voices/ 

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